Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers Book Cover Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell
Business & Economics
Head of Zeus
Tue Nov 18 2008
309

Review: This book is a good reminder that while successful people are certainly talented, their success has more to do with access to resources that allowed them to develop their talents—and to fortuitous market timing that allowed them to leverage their unique talents in the marketplace exactly when they were needed. This book gives you a more thoughtful and dimensional way to think about the success stories that are bandied about so often—and reminds us that no one succeeds strictly on their own merits.

Gladwell is an entertaining storyteller and is able to make sociology engaging—no mean feat. While you’ll not walk away with practical strategies, it is a good reminder that things are not always what they seem and we need to challenge the truisms that are so prevalent in our culture.

Amanda Mitchell is an executive coach and strategist specializing in helping senior executives deal with disruptive drama within their teams. An advertising agency veteran, she experienced first-hand the business implications of corporate drama both with her Fortune 500 clients and within the Manhattan ad agency she led. She founded Our Corporate Life (www.ourcorporatelife.com) to help executives solve the problems no one wants to deal with. She has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, and quoted in Fast Company, CNBC.com, and Monster.com. She lives in New Jersey with her family.

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